Xbox Live Gold free games for August 2019 announced

In August on Xbox One, fight the monstrous Swarm in Gears of War 4 and then experience the thrill of racing in Forza Motorsport 6. On Xbox 360, and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility, explore treacherous dungeons in Torchlight, then prepare to do battle with fearsome beasts in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.

All games will be available exclusively for Xbox Live Gold members for a limited time as part of Games with Gold. With Xbox Live Gold, you get the most advanced multiplayer service, free games, and exclusive member discounts on games in the Microsoft Store — get Xbox Live Gold today to get in on the action!

Gears of War 4

Get ready for the upcoming Gears 5 by playing as JD, Kait, and Del in their first adventure. In Gears of War 4, the squad must discover the source of a terrifying new enemy and rescue their loved ones after escaping an attack on their village. After defeating the Swarm in the campaign, don’t forget to check out Horde and Versus multiplayer. As part of the Road to Gears 5, completing achievements and challenges in all three modes can earn you rewards and character skins that you can take with you into Gears 5. Once you’ve mastered the Swarm, you’ll be ready to continue Kait’s story when Gears 5 launches on September 10 with Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One and Windows 10.

Forza Motorsport 6

One of the most comprehensive racing games of this generation comes your way in Forza Motorsport 6. Start your engines and compete against 24-players, day or night in all weather conditions. Customize and race over 450 Forzavista cars at realistic simulation speeds across 26 world-famous locales, and with the included Ten Year Anniversary Pack enjoy an additional 10 exotic cars all tuned to the top of their class. With unrelenting action and breathtaking visuals, master the road and race your way to victory.

Torchlight

Can you uncover the secrets buried beneath Torchlight? Developed by the creators of Diablo and Fate, choose among three separate character classes: Destroyer, Alchemist, or Vanquisher and seek adventure through randomized dungeon levels. Slay hordes of monsters, learn devastating skills, and loot endless treasure in this thrilling action-roleplaying title. Play Torchlight now before its sequel Torchlight II makes its way onto Xbox One September 3!

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Play the role of Gabriel in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Raised by the Brotherhood of Light, begin your quest across a destroyed world to defeat the three factions of the Lords of Shadow and end their unholy rule. With your devastating Combat Cross, take revenge on those who took your fallen beloved and attempt to bring balance back to the world.

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The Outer Worlds is Coming to the Nintendo Switch

Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division RPG, The Outer Worlds is officially coming to the Nintendo Switch following the release of the game on rest of the platforms.

The Outer Worlds is an RPG game set in the Outer Rim of the galaxy where you travel from colony to colony all in an attempt to wake up your own colony members who are hibernating.

The world is ruled by corporations and everything is branded. How you will react to this is up to your player as this game aims to provide the player with the utmost of freedom.

The Outer Worlds is one of the most looked forward to game, especially by fans of Fallout: New Vegas since this game looks to provide a familiar but improved experience in terms of story, gameplay, and character freedom.

The Outer Worlds releases on 25th October 2019 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC with the Nintendo Switch version coming later.

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Nvidia Announces Their RTX Studio Laptops

NVIDIA today announced that 10 new NVIDIA RTX™ Studio laptops and professional-grade mobile workstations are being released by major partners, delivering real-time ray tracing, advanced AI and ultra-high-resolution video editing to the world’s 40 million creatives.

The latest designs from Dell, HP, Lenovo and BOXX bring the number of RTX Studio models to 27 — including 17 that are now available. These laptops power more than 40 creative and design applications that have turned “RTX On,” enabling tens of millions of creatives to harness ray tracing and AI in their workflows. NVIDIA RTX features are being shown at SIGGRAPH this week in software from a diverse set of independent software vendors, including Adobe, Autodesk and Blackmagic Design.

NVIDIA also announced the availability of a new NVIDIA Studio Driver, which provides optimizations for popular creative apps updating around SIGGRAPH, including OTOY Octane Render, Blender, Autodesk Arnold, Maxon Cinema 4D, Substance Painter by Adobe and Magix VEGAS Pro. The latest Studio Driver adds an often-requested feature – support for 30-bit color in OpenGL apps such as Adobe Photoshop and Premiere for all GPUs. With this feature, creators can work with their HDR photos and videos with full accuracy and without the banding typical of 24-bit color.

“RTX Studio laptops and mobile workstations are moving rapidly to the center of the creative industries,” said Jason Paul, general manager of GeForce software and technology at NVIDIA. “They put real-time ray tracing, advanced AI and video editing in ultra-high resolution within easy reach of creators, delivering capabilities in a mobile form factor that once required an entire studio.”

The new configurations, which range from consumer laptops with GeForce RTX™ 2060 GPUs to professional-grade mobile workstations with Quadro RTX™ 5000 graphics, include:

“Dell Precision 7740 and 7540 mobile workstations, available with Quadro RTX GPUs, provide customers with the best possible experience when using the latest design, engineering and creative applications,” said Tom Tobul, vice president of Specialty Products, Client Solutions at Dell. “In addition to workstation-grade performance, reliability and ISV certifications, professionals can now integrate advanced RTX ray-tracing and AI capabilities into their workflow, even when on the go.”

“From real-time rendering to VR development and AI-enhanced video production, NVIDIA RTX Studio laptops enable creators and designers to tackle any creative workflow with amazing performance,” said Carol Hess, vice president of Z by HP Products at HPI. “With Z by HP laptops, like boosted ZBook 15 and 17, our customers can carry the latest RTX capabilities with them to create their best work, whether in the field, at a client meeting or anywhere inspiration strikes.”

“Based on Lenovo’s customer feedback and user insights, we know our laptops are being used for daily work and heavy-duty digital content creation,” said Jun Ouyang, vice president of Consumer PC Business, Intelligent Devices Group, at Lenovo. “In fact, Lenovo research reveals that graphics is ranked as one of the most critical features for high performance. That’s why it was a natural fit for us to collaborate with NVIDIA, a leader in GPU technology, to launch the new Lenovo Legion Y740 Laptop Studio Edition. Featuring up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q design, the new Lenovo Legion laptop will offer content creators powerful performance in both work and play, all in a sleek and stylish design.”

“We’re enormously proud to feature the NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPU in our ThinkPad P Series mobile workstations. By supporting the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 card, our new ThinkPad P53 is now the most powerful 15-inch mobile workstation available,” said Rob Herman, general manager of the workstation and client AI business unit at Lenovo. “The ability to support real-time ray tracing, virtual reality and artificial intelligence on a 15-inch mobile workstation is a huge step for our users who don’t want to compromise mobility for top performance.”

RTX Studio laptops and mobile workstations are part of the NVIDIA Studio platform, which combines RTX GPUs with the NVIDIA Studio Stack of specialized SDKs and dedicated Studio Drivers. They meet the hardware and software requirements needed to receive the new RTX Studio badge, allowing creators to easily identify the right systems to power their creative workflows.

The systems and drivers are supported with rigorous hardware and software testing for top creative applications and workflows. RTX Studio mobile workstations based on Quadro RTX GPUs provide additional enterprise-level benefits, such as ISV certifications, IT management tools and advanced video and display features.

RTX Studio systems feature GeForce RTX 2080, 2070 and 2060 GPUs, as well as Quadro RTX 5000, 4000 and 3000 GPUs. The RTX GPUs accelerate content creation from video editing to 3D rendering, with performance up to 7x faster than that of the MacBook Pro(1). Quadro RTX 5000 GPU-based models include 16GB of graphics memory, the largest available in a mobile form factor, enabling advanced multi-app creative workflows and the use of large 3D models that are otherwise not possible on the go.

Many of these laptops feature 4K precision displays and NVIDIA Max-Q technology, enabling incredible performance and longer battery life in sleek, thin-and-light designs.

RTX Studio models available now include Acer ConceptD 7, Gigabyte AERO 15 OLED and AERO 17 HDR, BOXX GoBOXX SLM 15 and 17, Dell Precision 7540 and 7740, HP ZBook 15 and 17, Lenovo ThinkPad P53, MSI P65 Creator, P75 Creator, WS65, WS75 and WE75, and Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition. Additional RTX Studio laptops are shipping later this year from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Razer.

More information on NVIDIA Studio is available at https://www.nvidia.com/studio.

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Wolfenstein Youngblood: What It Is and Why You Should Play It

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a spin-off co-op shooter based in the current Wolfenstein world. The game has been developed by MachineGames and Arkane Studios. So, what is Wolfenstein: Youngblood and should you play it? Well, this look at the game will hopefully help you make that decision.

What Is: Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a first-person, co-op shooter set in an alternate universe where the Nazis won and occupy most parts of the world. The story starts off 20 years after the events of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and you play as Jess and Soph, twin daughters of B.J. Blazkowicz who are trying to find him in Paris after he went missing.

The game features Paris as the main locations as you now have a hub with a semi-open world game where you can complete missions in a non-linear manner. The game also allows you to do all this with an AI or co-op partner, more on this in a bit.

The game is visually gorgeous and has really interesting designs and textures that do a good job to pull you into this dystopian world that’s fueled with fear. And to add to the that, the sound design for weapons and enemies just add to that scary, anxious world.

The shooting is tight, reflexive and fast. It’s not too different from the main-line Wolfenstein games and is the best part of the game and sadly, felt like the only good part.

Where It Falls Short

The game’s core gameplay loop is much different compared to the other games as the game now has a level-gated progression system. Areas have enemies that have different levels and if you’re under-leveled then may heaven bless you because you’re going to have a bad time.

Not only do you die and get sent to the start of that region but you also lose valuable ammo which in my opinion acts as a crutch in this game. Ammo in this game has variants and enemies are affected differently by these various type of ammo.

Let’s say you’re in an intense gunfight. Enemy 1 will require you to use “Type A”, you kill him and turn around to shoot at Enemy 2. But he requires you to use “Type B” so you switch weapons and finish him off. You get shot so you turn around and shoot at Enemy 3 but he needs “Type A” ammo. You quickly switch your weapon only to realize you need to reload and then you might get downed and die.

It’s a very weird way to get you to use all the weapons in your arsenal because it’s essentially forcing you to do so. The Machine Pistol can do more damage to enemies than a freaking Shotgun and that to me makes no sense. But then again, the game has power suits and more crazy contraptions. However, it is a departure from the more classic FPS system of the main games and I’m not a fan of this RPG-esque approach.

Also, your quirky sister isn’t the brightest. There are moments where she will literally stand right in front of the enemy or a boss and shoot at them, which leads to her being downed. And you can’t just let her stay down, you have to get her back up otherwise you fail.

Oh and if you fail or die during a boss fight then good luck because you have to run through the whole level. But the game doesn’t reload your ammo from before the fight so you will most likely be low on ammo which means you’ll have to spend time killing the enemies in that area to farm ammo.

It’s time-consuming, feels redundant and is not in any way fun or rewarding. And sadly, the game seems to be built around this. Missions are repetitive, you have to grind for unlocks, and dying feels annoying because it makes you play less aggressively and in a more safe way which isn’t fun.

While the gameplay leaves much to be desired, the writing and story also don’t do a good enough job to make you want to play more. The main plot point was given away in the launch trailer for the game. Even if you haven’t watched it, the game doesn’t hold onto you or grip you in a way that makes you play just so you can get more story.

The Verdict

Wolfenstein: Youngblood starts off well with its amazing gunplay but starts to fall apart as you progress a bit into the game with its grindy gameplay loop that is probably an experiment, it’s bland writing and an overall boring and repetitive experience that makes this game hard to recommend even if you’re a fan of Wolfenstein. However, it can be a bit of fun when playing in co-op but it still doesn’t change most of the aspects that bog this game down.

Final Score: 6/10

 

Wolfenstein: Youngblood is available Worldwide for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

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Blair Witch’s Gameplay Trailer Brings the Spooks

Bloober Team and Lionsgate Games are proud to present the official gameplay from upcoming psychological horror game Blair Witch.

Turn off the lights. Put on the headphones. Prepare for the curse of the Black Hills Forest! Thankfully you have a Cellphone to talk to someone and a dog who accompanies you.

This trailer showed off a bit more spookiness and gives us a better feel for the atmosphere of the game and what looks like the slow descent of the main character into madness.

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Kingston Technology among Top 10 Semiconductor Chip Buyers in the World

Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, today announced it is among the top 10 list of semiconductor chip buyers globally as determined by Gartner, Inc. Gartner studied the total allocated market looking at total chip spending across many verticals including PC, data center, smart phone, IoT (Internet of Things) and other applications. Kingston is ranked number 8 having spent an estimated $7.84 billion (USD) for 2018, according to Gartner.

Kingston climbed to the top 10 for the first time since Gartner began its design total allocated market (TAM) research in 2007. The increase is fueled in part because Kingston is a top memory manufacturer for many of the OEM and ODMs that produce smart devices and Kingston continues to offer value and service in these market segments. In 2018, Kingston produced over 14 trillion Megabytes of memory across all product lines including DRAM, SSDs and embedded solutions, a massive amount that reinforces its strength, position and importance in the industry.

Gartner stated that chip spending in recent years has been driven mainly by the growth in consumption of PCs and smart phones. Leading OEMs in these areas gained more market share and increased their chip buying power as a result. Gartner further predicts that other growth markets will ignite future demand such as new business opportunities in China focusing on Cloud servers and Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints that will arise in and after 2022. With Kingston’s buying power, global partnerships and manufacturing facilities located in China and the Asia-Pacific region, Kingston is positioned to take full advantage of these growth opportunities.

“While server and system memory continue to be the foundation of Kingston’s success, our strength over the past 15 years has been to diversify our product portfolio to address industry changes and adapt to ever-evolving market needs,” said Craig Tilmont, director of marketing, Kingston. “We are one of the top suppliers of SSDs in the channel and have been supplying embedded memory solutions for almost a decade in various industrial applications including medical devices, diagnostic equipment and in-flight entertainment systems. Kingston memory solutions are also found everywhere including consumer products such as fitness trackers, smart watches, robotic vacuums and security video doorbells.”

The following chart from Gartner shows the top 10 OEM chip spending:

For more than 30 years, Kingston has created memory products and storage solutions that empower innovation. Today, Kingston ships to 125 countries and employs over 3,500 people around the world. Kingston develops products to increase productivity and overall system performance, with solutions for servers, desktops, and IoT devices. Kingston makes technology solutions that facilitate people’s everyday needs and supports them wherever they are.

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DOOM 64 Getting a PC and Console Port?

DOOM 64 might be getting a re-release like the recently released DOOM trilogy and will most probably release on all major platforms.

This information comes thanks to the game rating board, PEGI who have rated the game for PC and PS4. While this isn’t much to go off of, DOOM and DOOM II also got similar ratings for the PC and PS4 before being announced and released for almost every platform.

If you’re unfamiliar with DOOM 64, it’s what some consider the true successor to DOOM II as it continues the story right after that and features a pretty badass ending along with a host of new gameplay additions. DOOM 3 is a re-imagination of the original DOOM but with a more Horror-like focus.

Many fans think that DOOM 2016 picks up where DOOM 64 left-off and hopefully, this question will be answered in DOOM: Eternal which releases in a few months. Until then, let’s wait for DOOM 64 because it’s going to be an amazing trip down memory lane.

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Original DOOM Trilogy Now Out on Major Consoles and Smartphone Platforms

Quakecon 2019 was quite the event as they showed us more about DOOM Eternal however, they took everyone by surprise when they announced that the original DOOM trilogy would release for almost every major platform.

Now, DOOM is a game that runs on calculators, however now they’ve officially ported the entire original trilogy to the Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, Android and iOS.

This caught everyone by surprise, especially since they released it right after they announced it. Do keep in mind that these are Unity remakes and some of these titles require a one-time login with your Bethesda account.

However, it’s pretty good to see DOOM come to every platform, especially since it’s literally been known to run on almost everything.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Janemba DLC Leaked

The Dragon Ball FighterZ Roster is going to get another addition, this time with a fan favourite villain that gave us one of the best moments in Dragon Ball.

Janemba, the incarnation of all that’s evil and who feeds off of the souls of the damned has arrived to Dragon Ball FighterZ. Janemba is a fast fighter who uses his sword along with magical moves that include pins and needles to fight. He’s fast, he’s crazy and he’s unpredictable and he’s going to be fun to play.

His DLC will include:

• Janemba as a new playable character

• 5 alternative colors for his outfit

• Janemba Lobby Avatar

• Janemba Z Stamp

In his first and only appearance in “Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn” Janemba gets the better of both Goku and Vegeta until they decide to fuse together and become Gogeta.

It’s going to be interesting to see how he stacks up against all the Gods and Humans of the Dragon Ball Universe.

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HyperX Pulsefire Core RGB Mouse Review

The HyperX Pulsefire Core is a gaming mouse that aims to provide gamers, especially with those who play FPS games an ergonomic and smooth gaming experience.

HyperX Pulsefire Core RGB Specifications
Ergonomics: Symmetrical
Sensor: Pixart PAW3327
Resolution: Up to 6,200 DPI
DPI presets: 800 / 1600 / 2400 / 3200 DPI
Speed: 220 IPS
Acceleration: 30G
Buttons: 7
Left/right buttons durability: 20 million clicks
Backlight: RGB (16,777,216 colours)
Light effects: 1 lighting zone and 4 brightness levels1
On-board memory: 1 profile
Connection type: USB 2.0
Polling rate: 1000Hz
USB data format: 16 bits/axis
Cable type: Braided
Weight (without cable): 87g
Weight (with cable): 123g
Length: 119.30mm
Height: 41.30mm
Width: 63.90mm
Cable length: 1.8m

This is a gaming mouse through and through, don’t let its simple look fool you. It’s got RGB lighting only on the HyperX logo that sits on the hump but besides that, it has a gorgeous sleek black finish.

There are plastic grips on the sides along with two buttons on the left side for your thumb. While the mouse itself is shaped to be ambidextrous, the buttons on the side make it hard to use as a leftie.

Now onto how this mouse feels in your hand. This is one of the first mice that I’ve used that has made me fall in love with the moment I’ve gotten my hands on it. As soon as I started using it, it just felt absolutely perfect.

This is probably due to its shape which isn’t too over-the-top. It’s got a simple hump on the back with grooves that hold your fingers in place for the main buttons. Its size isn’t too big and at just 123g, the mouse just felt like a joy to use and play games with.

The buttons were responsive and had a click latency of around 180ms. The feet were smooth and had no issues gliding across a cloth mousepad. The NGenuity software also does what it advertises and allows you to set DPI, RGB colour and specific functions to the buttons.

Overall, this mouse is a great mouse for FPS gamers and for any other type of gaming. If you need a lot of buttons then this isn’t for you but otherwise, at the price point of Rs 3,100 this is a phenomenal mouse.

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